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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

April 24, 2015 3:26 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week we have a winner who has exceeded expectations this year, while the loser has learned that while imitation may be the highest form of flattery, it does not bode well in the business sector.

Toyota To Provide First Hydrogen-Fueled Pace Car

April 24, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., said the manufacturer...

By The Numbers: The Real Cost Of The GM Recall

April 24, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Issues surrounding General Motors Co.'s recall of 36 million vehicles worldwide last year for...

Ford To Lay Off 700 Workers Due To Slow Car Sales

April 24, 2015 9:48 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's the first time since 2009 that Ford has cut a shift at a U.S. plant. Automakers have been...

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Fiat Chrysler Recalling 58K Manual Jeeps And Dodge Vipers

April 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FCA says a switch wire can break and cause the vehicles not to start. The vehicles may also move unintentionally if drivers don't follow the company's recommended procedures for starting the car.

Crazy Cars At Shanghai's Auto Show

April 23, 2015 1:59 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

There are fast cars, smart cars and self-driving cars, but what about crazy cars? Carlos Tejada takes us to the Shanghai Auto Show for a preview of high-tech autos that you might not want to drive.

VW Official: Automaker May Revive 'Bus'

April 23, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A member of Volkswagen's board recently disclosed that the German automaker is working on an electric version of its iconic "bus" that could revive the model for the first time since 2013.

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Volvo Prepares To Send 'Made In China' Cars To U.S.

April 23, 2015 8:09 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Americans are comfortable enough buying Chinese-made products that the location of Volvo's factory is unlikely to matter so long as the company maintains its quality standards, said industry analyst Yale Zhang of Auto Foresight, a Shanghai research firm.

Jaguar Land Rover Is Furious Over Chinese Knockoff

April 22, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

“There are no laws to protect us, so we have to take it as it is," Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralph Speth told reporters.

3 Trends Driving Growth In The Interconnected Auto And Chemicals Markets

April 22, 2015 9:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

What’s driving up demand? Here are the three trends that will spell growth for cars and chemicals in the coming years.

Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants And Jobs To Mexico

April 21, 2015 3:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico.

Report: Hybrid, Electric Car Drivers Increasingly Switching To SUVs

April 21, 2015 3:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell said the report appears to show that "hybrid and EV owners are driven more by financial motives rather than a responsibility to the environment."  

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Chrysler Uses 3-D Printing To Improve Axles

April 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The company printed clear plastic versions of its axles and pinion carriers in order to evaluate oil flow within the parts.

The Impossible To Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 2:37 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Chevrolet-FNR has a futuristic capsule design with crystal laser headlights and taillights, dragonfly dual swing doors, magnetic hubless wheel electric motors and a wireless auto-charge system.

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 87

April 20, 2015 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday.

Why Elon Musk Nearly Sold Tesla To Google

April 20, 2015 2:56 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In 2013 Elon Musk began negotiating a deal to sell a nearly bankrupt Tesla to Google. The deal is described in "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," due out May 19 from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins.

BMW Recalling 91.8K Mini Coopers To Fix Air Bag Problem

April 20, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.

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Automakers Debut New Car Models At Shanghai Auto Show

April 20, 2015 10:11 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Competition in China is intensifying as economic growth slows and more manufacturers pile into the world's biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold.

Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 17, 2015 10:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lear Corp. says safety allegations are part of efforts by United Auto Workers to pressure the company into accepting a union at the plant.

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

April 17, 2015 3:04 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week we have a winner who has set their sights on new factories and growth, while the loser has become the focus of statewide bans and legal resistance.

Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers have said Volvo is considering South Carolina for a new plant. The application says the permit is needed for a manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers in 10 years.

Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ford officials elected to build the entire body of the 2015 F-150 with aluminum in an effort to make a lighter, more fuel efficient truck, but the decision was considered a risk given the model's nearly four-decade run as the top selling vehicle.

China Auto Brands On Rebound Driven By New Models

April 16, 2015 10:06 pm | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"Chinese manufacturers are managing to improve their product quality and design quickly and make them almost comparable to international brands while keeping their price much lower," said industry analyst John Zeng of LMC Automotive.

Court Rules GM Is Shielded From Death Claims By Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 3:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The ruling is at least a partial victory for GM, with one plaintiffs' attorney saying it shields the company from $7 billion to $10 billion in potential legal liabilities.

Toyota Announces New Plants In Mexico, China

April 15, 2015 10:08 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

This new construction ends a 3-year hiatus from such ambitions that the Japanese automaker voluntarily imposed on itself after massive recalls.

German Automaker BMW Has Best March Sales Ever

April 14, 2015 6:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Munich-based maker of the 3-Series sedan and X5 sport-utility said Tuesday it sold 195,593 vehicles worldwide under the BMW brand. That was an increase of 5.1 percent over the same month a year ago.

The Vehicles Americans Don’t Want To Buy

April 13, 2015 3:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

According to Kelley Blue Book, vehicles sold in the U.S. last year spent an average of 71 days on the dealer’s lot with some models taking less than 15 days to sell and others waiting more than four months to find a buyer.

GM Says It Has Fixed 70 Percent Of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 10, 2015 2:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In the months after the recalls began, GM was criticized by customers and members of Congress for a low completion rate, which the company blamed on a lack of parts.

Safety Chief Wants To Cap Big Rig Speeds To Fix Tire Problem

April 9, 2015 6:07 pm | by Meghan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tire manufacturers and safety advocates say that if tires are driven higher than their speed ratings for prolonged periods, heat can build up and cause them to blow out.

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